University of Minnesota Duluth

This past Saturday marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by a Serbian nationalist. The killing set off a chain of events sparking World War I.In commentary published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Thomas Hanson argues that the legacies and implications of 1914 are woven into the crises we face today - from the Middle East, the Balkans, Russia and all the way to rural Midwest farm country.

US Holocaust Memorial Museum

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. has millions of documents. For students researching Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, it’s easy to get lost.

Firearms And Black Hills History

Jun 18, 2014

Kevin Kuchenbecker, Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Deadwood, and Ivan Hovland, a volunteer at the Adams Museum and Deadwood History for almost 20 years, present "Firearms and Black Hills History" during Friday's Picnic on the Lawn at noon Mountain at the Historic Adams House in Deadwood.  Any study of western frontier history would be incomplete without some knowledge of the firearms the pioneers carried and used.  The intention of the presentation is to afford fleeting insights of the types of guns used in the settlement of the Black Hills.

Doane Robinson Collection

Jun 18, 2014
South Dakota State Historical Society

Historical items of Doane Robinson, the first secretary of the South Dakota State Historical Society, are now available in the South Dakota Digital Archives.  The Doane Robinson collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, poetry, genealogical date, census and related statistics and miscellaneous papers.  Matthew Reitzel, Manuscript and Photo Archivist, and Chelle Somsen, State Archivist, both with the South Dakota State Historical Society, discussed the collection along with the rapid process of digitization, working with changing technology and taking history "outside the four wall

Mead Building Progress Pictures

Jun 3, 2014

The historic Mead Building was at one time the center of activity at the South Dakota Human Services Center. Replaced by modern facilities, the building fell into disrepair and was essentially abandoned. An effort to re-purpose the building  is underway. SDPB toured the site in August of 2013 and again in May of 2014.

Photos of the building are available on SDPB's Flickr photo site at https://www.flickr.com/photos/sdpb/sets/72157644989323372/

Landscapes Of South Dakota

Jun 3, 2014
City of Huron

Over the next year, South Dakota Public Broadcasting is rediscovering our identity and heritage through the faces, places, ideas and traditions that make our state unique.  These snapshots of South Dakota are a way of marking the state's 125th anniversary.  Larry Rohrer, Director of Content for SDPB, joined Joe Tlustos, SDPB Director of Radio, to visit about the project called "Landscaped of South Dakota" and also tease another historical project.

Interview with Author of "Small-Town Dreams"

May 30, 2014
Kansas Press

South Dakota State University professor emeritus of History John Miller profiled 22 men who left their small-town upbringings and went on to do great things in his new book "Small Town Dreams: Stories of Midwestern Boys Who Shaped America." Through these life-stories, a history of American unfolds as Miller covers entrepreneurs, teachers, artists, entertainers, political figures and athletes. Some of his subjects include Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Johnny Carson, Ronald Reagan and Bob Feller. John Miller joined the program to discuss the process of compiling these stories.

Dances With Wolves - 25 Years Later

May 20, 2014

Twenty-five years ago, few would have believed the story of how South Dakotans participated in making an epic western.  South Dakota Magazine Publisher Bernie Hunhoff penned "Too Good To Be True: Dances, 25 Years Later" in the May/June issue.  He discussed his feature article and how the movie has affected South Dakota over the years.

Dr. Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Institution Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture, is in Pierre at the Capitol Lake Visitors Center for a presentation at 7 p.m. Monday, May 5 to promote his new book, "The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects." Ranging from the earliest years of the pre-Columbian continent to the digital age, and from the American Revolution to Vietnam, each entry pairs the fascinating history surrounding each object with the story of its creation or discovery and the place it has come to occupy in our national memory.

A History Of The Mickelson Trail

Apr 3, 2014

Guy Edwards was a leader early in the development of the Mickelson Trail. He knew the people and the politics involved. The Parks and Wildlife Foundation raises funds for Mickelson Trail and is currently raising funds to do bridge repairs on the trail. "Piece of Heaven: A Brief History of the Mickelson Trail" tells the story of the development of the Mickelson Trail, from the end of its useful life as a rail corridor through the tough legal battles that put the land in public hands, to the ongoing work of promoting and maintaining what many call a world-class recreational trail.

"Commemorative Items And Why We Collect Them"

Mar 13, 2014

Curators Dan Brosz and Matthew Reitzel from the South Dakota State Historical Society Museum and Archives present a special program, "Commemorative Items and Why We Collect Them," at 2 p.m. Sunday (3/16) at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The program will feature artifacts that can be found in the Archives and Museum that relate to the commemoration or celebration of important historical events and special events in our own communities.

"Circling Back Home: A Plainswoman's Journey"

Feb 24, 2014

"Circling Back Home" is the story of one woman, at a time when values of home, family, and care of the land seem increasingly absent, looking to her past to create a life of significance for her family. Her search takes her back to the prairie of her grandmothers, who survived personal hardships and lived off what the land provided. Darcy Lipp-Acord mourns the loss of one child and celebrates the birth of others, all while balancing her own desire to put down roots with her husband's life as an inherent ranch hand.

The Sochi Region And History

Feb 6, 2014

David Burrow, Associate Professor of History at the University of South Dakota, visited about the Sochi region of Russia as they begin to host the Winter Olympic Games.  He talked about why Sochi was selected to host the Olympics, the history of the area, security concerns and problems inherent to the region.  Burrow specializes in Russian and Soviet history among other interests at USD.

Books Tout Midwestern History

Jan 28, 2014

Jon Lauck argues that the American Midwest is an orphan among regions.  In comparison to the South, the far West and New England, its history has been sadly neglected.  Lauck said the Midwest has played a crucial role in the development of the entire country.  Lauck, an attorney, historian and senior advisor to Senator John Thune, is the author of "The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History."  He was joined by South Dakota State University emeritus professor of history John Miller.  Miller tells the stories of men who grew up in the middle of America and transformed the nation

History Of The State Of The Union

Jan 28, 2014

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday night.  He's expected to discuss income inequality, immigration reform, health care and Afghanistan and Iran in his fifth State of the Union speech.  The Constitution requires a yearly State of the Union message, but doesn't mandate the president deliver it verbally.  Franklin Delano Roosevelt started the modern tradition by delivering his first report to Congress as a speech in 1934.  Emily Wanless, assistant professor of Government and International Affairs/Political Science at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, discussed the

New Historic Places

Jan 7, 2014
U.S. National Park Service

The First Presbyterian Church in Bridgewater and the Hansen-Hagedorn Barn near Tea have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.  Built in 1928, the First Presbyterian Church in Bridgewater is a significant work of religious architecture in the "prairie style" first popularized by Frank Lloyd Wright.  The Hansen-Hagedorn Barn, built around 1916, is a Dutch gambrel which represents the early 20th-century agricultural history of Lincoln County.  Liz Almlie, Historic Preservation Specialist with the South Dakota Historical Society, shared the history of these buildings.

The Historical Perspective On Sex Trafficking

Jan 6, 2014

Sally Roesch Wagner is the executive director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation in Fayetteville, New York, and is a nationally recognized lecturer, author and performance interpreter of woman's rights history. Wagner appeared as a "talking head" in the Ken Burns PBS documentary, "Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony" for which she wrote the accompanying faculty guide for PBS. She discussed the roots of exploitation and provided historical perspective on the problem of sex trafficking.

The American Midwest is an orphan among regions.  In comparison to the South, the far West, and New England, its history has been sadly neglected.

"South Dakota 125: A Pictorial History"

Nov 26, 2013

South Dakota Magazine has published “South Dakota 125: A Pictorial History.”  The book tells the history of South Dakota through photographs.  One picture represents each year, beginning in 1889 and continuing to today.  The book shows the buffalo ranchers, bridge builders, cowgirls, war heroes, artists and all who make South Dakota unique.  It also includes histories of each decade.  Rebecca Johnson is special projects coordinator for South Dakota Magazine.



Leonard Little Finger

Sep 18, 2013

Leonard Little Finger is a Lakota Elder who lives and works in Oglala on the Pine Ridge Reservation. He's a founder of the Lakota Circle Village and is also one of the organizers of an upcoming history conference in Rapid City. Keynote speaker at the conference is author Kingsley Bray who wrote the book "Crazy Horse: A Lakota Life." For more information on the school Leonard has started, click here: http://www.lakotacirclevillage.org/

Nebraska historian Jeff Barnes is the author of "The Great Plains Guide to Custer: 85 Forts, Fights and Other Sites." Some of the Custer sites covered in the book are Camp Sturgis near Yankton, Fort Randall at Pickstown and Custer's camps in the Black Hills. North Dakota sites include Fort Rice and Fort Abraham Lincoln, Custer's starting point on the trail to the Little Big Horn.

Young Pioneers Learn The Trail

Jun 24, 2013
Courtesy Deadwood History, Inc.

It’s one thing reading a book or watching a film about the life of the pioneers as they made their way across the country’s vast expanses. It’s quite another matter trying to duplicate that experience in the new millennium – especially when you’re a middle-school student. Today we spend some time with a group of young “would-be” pioneers near Deadwood – where they learn about guns, gold-panning and getting grades “back in the day”.

"Surfaces: A History"

Apr 25, 2013

Joseph Amato, Emeritus Professor of History at Southwest Minnesota State University, discussed his new book, "Surfaces: A History."  In his book, Amato traces the human relationship with surfaces from the deep history of human evolution, which unfolded across millennia, up to the contemporary world.

Sgt. John Ordway Actor

Apr 8, 2013

Actor Arch Ellwein portrays Sgt. John Ordway of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Monday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.  Ellwein, who also portrays colorful historical figures like President Theodore Roosevelt, steamboat captain Grant Marsh and buffalo hunter Yellowstone Vic Smith, talked about John Ordway whose well-written, vivid descriptions provided important details about the 1804-1806 expedition.

Jazz Appreciation Month

Apr 2, 2013

Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) was designated by the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History in 2001.  U.S. Congress passed legislation in 2003 that declared April as Jazz Appreciation Month.  JAM is intended to draw public attention to the glories of jazz as both an historical and a living treasure.  Rob Joyce, Executive Director of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society, talked about SFJB events during JAM.  He said the story of America is embedded in the spirit and the rhythms of jazz.

New State Librarian

Mar 7, 2013

Daria Bossman is South Dakota's new State Librarian.  She talked about her role, the function of the State Library and how libraries have changed to keep up with technology.

Dinosaur Discovery

Mar 6, 2013

Dr. Clint Boyd of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and his team have discovered a new species of herbivorous dinosaur.  Last week, they published the first fossil evidence of prehistoric crocodyliforms feeding on small dinosaurs.  The evidence was found in what is now known as the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in southern Utah and dates back to the late Cretaceous period.  Boyd talked about the find and research on Wednesday's Dakota Midday.

"666 The Devil's Number"

Feb 7, 2013
Cara Hetland

Military historian and artist John Mollison talked about his new project, "666 The Devil's Number: The Amazing Service of Col. Hank Snow," a look into the military service of a man who endured three wars and 666 combat missions.  Snow received the Legion of Merit, six Distinguished Flying Crosses, The Bronze Star and 24 Air Medals during his service in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

"A King Family Tribute"

Feb 4, 2013

In her new book "Martin Luther King Jr.: A King Family Tribute," Dr. Angela Farris Watkins, King's niece, has gathered the King family for the first time to share their reflections and memories of the civil rights leader.  Combined with never-before-published family photos, warm and affectionate testimonials provide fresh insight into the family and personal life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Watkins shared her personal memories on Dakota Midday.

Joseph LaFramboise Speaker

Jan 31, 2013

On Sunday, Janet Timmerman, education program coordinator at the History Center of Olmsted County in Rochester, Minnesota, will give talks at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre entitled "Leading the Pathfinders: Joseph LaFramboise on the Coteau des Prairie, 1833-1838."  LaFramboise was a 19th century fur trader who formed friendships with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota community.  His local knowledge was helpful in the explorations and writings of George Catlin, Joseph Nicollet and John C. Fremont.